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Thursday, April 21, 2011

mumbo jumbo

\MUHM-boh JUHM-boh\ , noun;
1.
Senseless or pretentious language, usually designed to obscure an issue, confuse a listener, or the like.
2.
Meaningless incantation or ritual.
3.
An object of superstitious awe or reverence.
Quotes:
You go into people's houses, do some mumbo jumbo, right, they don't know the difference. How much do you make?
-- Han Ong, Fixer Chao
I despise his mumbo jumbo, his fanatical adherents, his arcane incantations to the psyche, his dreamy unprovable theories, his endless categorizations of all things human.
-- Pat Conroy, The Prince of Tides
Origin:
Though the popular impression is that mumbo jumbo derives from an African language of the Niger region, this supposition is unproven, and the term's origin is uncertain.
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